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Searchers find missing hiker dead, his dog alive next to him

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Precott, Ariz. — A missing hiker was found dead, his dog alive and lying next to him, in rugged forest in north-central Arizona five days after reporting he was lost, authorities said Thursday.

Searchers found the body of Donald Hayes on Wednesday near Mingus Mountain after six days of looking for the 74-year-old Prescott Valley man, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Hayes had called his wife to ask her to report to authorities that he was lost, which triggered six days of air and ground searching, the office said.

Donald Hayes in undated family photo provided by the Yavapai County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office.

Yavapai County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office

Hayes was advised to remain where he was to await rescue, the office said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the victim decided against the advice and tried to find his way

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